The Chrysler 200 offers buyers a V6 engine, front-wheel drive and a choice of exterior colours designed to attract attention. It's a vehicle that has seen all-around improvement, but at the same time, it has retained a Chrysler feel. With its extended exterior overhangs, the 200 offers a sense of character and a car that will appeal to many budget conscious buyers.
Great Trim but is there Enough Space?
Where to start is a pertinent question regarding the Chrysler 200; do we draw attention to a wheelbase that seems too short in comparison to similar market competitors or should we view the upgraded trims and colours that enhance this car with an eye-catching appeal?
The external and longer overhangs project a less than appealing road posture, and therefore attention is drawn to the Chrysler 200 interior volume. This offers some cubic feet short in comparison to the total volume of its competition. It's predominant by the rear seat being at a height too low for comfort, which presumably, is an uninspired feature designed to provide headroom beneath a sloping roofline.
How the Chrysler 200 Performs
The model 200 offers buyers a choice between the mainstream version provided with the standard 2.4-litre four-cylinder and a 200S model boasting a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 and AWD. With the 3.6L V6 engine the Chrysler 200 reportedly achieved zero to 100 km/h in a lively 5.7 seconds. It's a time that is comparable with the competition, added to which the 200 reportedly showed reasonable pace in the regions of 48 km/h to 80 km/h and between 80 km/h to 112 km/h. The reported fuel economy of the Chrysler 200 is 12.38 L/100 km for city driving and 7.35 L/100 km on the highway.
In regards to the transmission aspect; the Chrysler 200 offers a nine-speed automatic compared to the traditional six-speed of the competition. The 200 transmission for the V6 engine is a different version and reportedly has generally provided a sound performance. This has been attributed, in part, to the fact of the transmission shifting less due to having more torque available or to improved tuning!
The shifting process is smooth and retains its high gear position in the interest of fuel economy, but by utilizing the available manual shifters, a prompt response is possible. The inherent design of the Chrysler 200 has positioned the shifters behind the steering wheel with the audio controls.
On a positive note for this previously maligned Chrysler 200, the frontal seating provides for spacious seating, with comfort and welcome lumbar support. This, in turn, is supported by cushioning that is sufficient in length even for the taller drivers. In addition, the 0.45 cubic-meter trunk space compared favourably with that of the segment leaders.